Ice conditions were O.K. this morning; however, warm weather is predicted to return this weekend.
Hills Creek Lake – Currently, ice anglers are catching Chain Pickerel using large, fathead minnows, fished under tip-ups at varying depths. Anglers are also catching Crappie before sunrise and after sunset. Bait of choice is wax worms on a jigging rod.
Slate Run, Cedar Run and Pine Creek – Black stoneflies are hatching. With a winter thaw, good trout fishing usually follows.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. black stone fly nymphs; san juan worm; squirmy wormy and hares ear nymphs).
REMINDER – Slate and Cedar Run are managed under special regulations.
Cedar Run – Trophy Trout Artificial Lures Only
Western Lycoming County
Pine Creek – With cold temperatures, not many anglers are out. A few anglers, utilizing drift boats/rafts, are catching trout in areas where most anglers don’t venture. White streamers are working best.
Anglers are catching trout by casting streamers toward the bank and retrieving them at varying speeds back to the main channel.
Anglers, fishing from the bank, are catching trout using crank baits (floating category). Reel the crank bait quickly through the target water and see what happens!
Anglers are also catching trout using nymphs (golden stone nymphs, green weenies, squirmy wormy). Make sure your nymphs are on the bottom.
Fishing Creek – The water is up and a little off color. The snow melt will add to water levels and temperature changes.
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. beadhead prince #12-16; gold bead pheasant tail #12-18). Anglers are also catching a few trout using olive/black streamers size 6-10.
Trout are hanging tight to the bottom. Fish your lucky areas slow and be patient.
Spring Creek– The water is up and slightly off color.
With potential warm temperatures returning, anglers might be able to catch a few trout on dry flies (e.g. adult midge; bluewing olives).
Anglers are catching trout using nymphs (e.g. sowbugs, scuds, walt’s worm, black zebra midge,green weenie). Anglers are also catching trout using olive and/or black streamer patterns #6-10.
Anglers are catching trout on lower Spring Creek using streamers (e.g. size 6-10; olive or black colors), spinners, worms and waxworms. The best time to be on the water is late morning or mid-afternoon.